A glass overlay snuff bottle, Qianlong, (1736-1795).

This bottle has a sapphire blue glass overlay on a cloudy bubble base, the former carved on each side with a design of carp swimming amongst aquatic plants, 5.3cm.

The carving is highly refined and an example of the finest overlay work; a craftsman capable of such high quality carving is likely to have been sent to work in the Beijing Palace Workshops which demanded the best craftsmen from each region.

REFERENCE: CSBG 67

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